I would like to see how Bettman tap dances to keep his job. He's like a cat with nine lives.
The groups should have set September 1st as a date to bring in an outside arbiter. We all knew when the last CBA was signed that when it expired, the players and the league would not be seeing eye to eye on a new one. They could have at least not wasted a season getting this thing done.
Another baffling thing: Owners want to stop those outrageously long, front-loaded contracts? He's a wild theory: stop offering them! If it isn't offered or given when requested to the player, they will go away. Sure, you may lose a good player to a maverick owner, but if they all said "No, we are taking a stance on this", things would change.